Land-based fish farmer Salmon Evolution has announced plans to begin its first commercial cull within the next few weeks – possibly by the end of this month.
In an announcement on the Oslo Stock Exchange, the company said the strong organic performance reported in its second quarter presentation continued into the third quarter at the company’s first facility, Indre Harøy in Møre County og Romsdal, Norway.
On Friday last week the average weight was estimated at around 3.3kg with some individual fish well over 4kg.
The announcement said the company was still on track for its first slaughter in the last quarter of this year, adding, “The first process of transferring fish into the facility has been completed, and Batch 1 is now split into two tanks.
“Salmon Evolution is currently preparing for the next smolt releases, other fish transfer activities as well as the first cull, the last of which is tentatively expected to take place in late October/early November.”
He says that over the past few months, extensive product quality testing has produced very positive results confirming good fish health and fillet quality, firm meat texture, uniform red meat color and excellent salmon taste.
Batch 2 was put into the factory on July 13 with an average weight of 125 grams. Good biological performance is also reported for this fish, whose average weight is now estimated at around 710 grams.
Salmon Evolution is currently preparing for the next smolt releases, other fish transfer activities as well as the first cull. The latter should currently take place at the end of October/beginning of November.
Founded in 2017 and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, Salmon Evolution is a relatively new entrant to the industry.